On Aug. 8, Capitol Music Group held its fifth annual Capitol Congress convention at the ArcLight Theater in Los Angeles, to showcase the company's artists and new projects. Paul McCartney, Migos, NF, Troye Sivan and Lil Yachty were among those who attended the event, according to Variety. In addition, it was announced at the event that a new documentary titled "Hitsville: The Making of Motown," will be released sometime in 2019, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Motown Records. The documentary will include rare footage from the archives of Motown founder Berry Gordy.
In 2018, Blue Note Records had its own documentary, "Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes," that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. At the Capitol Congress event, Blue Note president Don Was, who is also a Grammy-winning producer, played stand-up bass during poet Jessica Care Moore's spoken-word tribute the Blue Note. The event also included showcases from emerging artists Fletcher, Ypsilanti MI, Queen Naija. In addition, Sivan performed "Animal."
MC Hammer was also in attendance, to do a Q&A in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the recording of his blockbuster album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em, which has sold 22 million copies worldwide. The album, which was recorded from 1988-1989 and released in 1990, spawned the rapper's biggest hit, "U Can't Touch This."
The event's biggest highlight was when McCartney sat down with actor/comedian Marc Maron for a 70-minute Q&A that was recorded for Maron's "WTF" podcast. During the Q&A, the former Beatles member discussed his music, fame and his encounters with other celebrities.Variety reports that McCartney "reminisced about late bandmate John Lennon, his adventures in Lagos, Nigeria making Band on the Run, and an evening in a nightclub, the Shrine, with African musician Fela Kuti, smoking weed so strong, he was tripping and imagining himself boiling in a cauldron surrounded by angry natives."
According to Variety, McCartney also commented on the Rolling Stones, who performed at the same event as McCartney at the 2016 historic Desert Trip festival, which also had Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young on the bill: “We were at that Oldchella thing together," McCartney said. "They’re great. We go back a long way and there was never really a rivalry.”
Just like the Rolling Stones, McCartney shows no signs of slowing down. He's doing another concert tour this year, and his Egypt Station album is due out on Sept. 7. In July, McCartney made a highly publicized visit to his hometown of Liverpool, England, where he did a surprise show at the Cavern Club (where The Beatles played some of their earliest gigs) and taped an episode of "Carpool Karaoke" with James Corden. The "Carpool Karaoke" footage with McCartney and Corden has become a TV special that CBS will premiere on Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.